On 13 April, many ports in China were reported to have started a ban on imports. There were two events that day that likely led to the ban. In the morning, the National Bureau of Statistics in China released 26.7 Mt of coal import for March and, later that day, SXCoal published daily coal prices at RMB570/t for QHD FOB 5500. There are many questions to answer: Why did China start the ban at this time? How did current imports and prices weigh on the decision for a ban? Are further restrictions expected? What is the impact in seaborne market?